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The pair estimated yesterday's haul alone to the central Dunedin store amounted to a ''good van-load''. Mrs Templeman said the store was definitely busier, which she put down to the recession driving more people to shop there, and increasing awareness of the need for donated clothing and other goods.
Regular op-shopper Justin Chalmers, of Dunedin, said he picked up decent clothes, often barely worn, at a fraction of the price of new ones. He said he had bought more op-shop clothes since the recession, although he had always been a keen second-hand bargain hunter.